Making Room and Finding Place: Diasporas in Political Arenas and Discourses of New Homes

Mr Nathan Gardner1, Ms Qiuping Pan1, Dr Francisca Yuenki Lai5, Ms Jiayi Tao2, Dr Catherine See Chan3, Mr Bernard Z. Keo4

1The University Of Melbourne, , Australia, 2University of Bristol, , United Kingdom, 3University of Macau, , Macau (SAR), China, 4Monash University, , Australia, 5National Tsing Hua University, , Taiwan

Convenors: Nathan Gardner (University of Melbourne) and Catherine S. Chan (University of Macau)

Discussant: Bernard Z. Keo (Monash University)


This panel will discuss diasporic communities entering into the political arenas and dialogues of their new homes. Within the processes of emigration and settlement, diasporic communities navigate the deterritorialized and transnational connections to their old world at the same time as they articulate their belongings and identification with the new. Yet the politics of the old and new country can foster or impinge this process through local, state/provincial or federal law, through entities that project political power, or through the expectation to share certain values. These forces then drive diaspora communities into new political dialogues or arenas; in which communities achieve intended objectives, unexpected outcomes or both. From different disciplinary perspectives and with diverse ethnic and regional foci, the panel will investigate how diaspora communities have (re)configured their positions in political dialogues and arenas due to localised moments and movements, as well as those coming from abroad. The panel will explore sites where transnational connections and political frameworks intersect to reveal how migrant communities determine their own agencies, belongings and identities in these complex contexts.


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